Prep Track and Field

Kendra Cooper takes discus crown, Kee vaults to 1A state track lead

Hawks have 25 points after day 2

DES MOINES — Lansing Kee’s Kendra Cooper led from start to finish in the Class 1A girls’ discus throw Friday at the state track and field meet.

Cooper led off with a 123 foot, 5 inch throw, which put her squarely in the lead. On her fifth throw, she had a mark of 129-0, and on her final throw, she put the nail in the coffin with a throw of 132-10.

Kaitlyn Wilder of Dunkerton finished second with a throw of 125-07.

Cooper’s first-place finish, along with a third-place girls’ distance medley relay team, helped put Lansing Kee in first in the team race with 25 points.

Macie Boots of HLV set a new personal record in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.08, but it wasn’t quite enough. She lost to Janette Schraft of East Mills who ran 1:03.13.

“I feel really good, I PR’d and that’s always the most important to me,” said Boots, a junior. “Runner-up, it’s really exciting, but next year, I want to work for that state title.”

Highland’s 800-meter relay ended up in a similar spot as Boots. Highland finished third with a time of 1:48.08 behind Danville, which ran 1:46.71 and Alburnett, which ran 147.60.

Highland’s relay team consisted of Sarah Schneider, Aly Stokes, Kristy Thomann and Emily Yahnke. They are all juniors except Yahnke, who is a sophomore.

The 1:48.08 is the best time they’ve run, but Yahnke believes they have more in them.

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“Next year, we’ll be working together more,” Yahnke said. “After this year, I think it’s enough experience that everything will come together and we can win.”

Montezuma’s team of Brianna Massengale, Riley Gatton, Cassidy Watts and Shateah Wetering finished fifth with a time of 1:48.49.

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